சுன்னி பெரும்பான்மை நாடுகளிலெல்லாம் சியாக்கள் குண்டுவெடிப்பு, துப்பாக்கி சூடு கலவரம் என்று செய்து சுன்னிகளை அவமானபடுத்தி சுன்னிகளை திருப்பி சியாக்களை தாக்கவைத்து அழிவுப்பாதைக்கு இட்டுச் செல்கிறார்கள் என்று சவுதி அரேபிய இமாம்களை சியாக்களை குறை கூறியுள்ளார்கள்.
Shias destabilising Muslim countries, say Saudi clerics
RIYADH: Sunni clerics in Saudi Arabia accused the Shia community on Sunday of destabilising Muslim countries and humiliating Sunnis, just days before a Muslim interfaith conference called by Saudi Arabia’s king.
In a statement that appeared on several websites, clerics accused Shias of abusing Sunnis under their control. “If they (Shias) have a country, they humiliate and exert control in their rule over Sunnis, such as the case in Iran and Iraq,” said the clerics. “They sow strife, corruption and destruction among Muslims and destabilise security in Muslim countries,” it said.
In the strongly worded statement, the 22 clerics criticised the Iranian-backed Shia Hezbollah in Lebanon, saying, “Many Muslim intellectuals as well as the masses have been deceived by (Shia) claims ... of enmity toward Jews and Americans, which is what happened with the claims of the so-called Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
A Saudi official told The Associated Press that the clerics do not represent the government. Najib al-Khonaizi, a Saudi Shia writer, called the statement “dangerous” and damaging to national unity. “This statement in its essence is a cheap call for incitement against the different other,” he told the AP. Shias make up an estimated 10-15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s 22 million people.
The statement is potentially embarrassing for the government because it comes before the opening of a much-touted three-day interfaith conference on Wednesday in the holy city of Mecca, in which 500 Islamic scholars, including reportedly Iran’s former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, are expected to participate. ap